If you want to draw more attention to the subject in your photo, proper post-processing is certainly one of the ways. Blake Rudis of f64 Academy shows you a pretty useful trick to achieve this in Photoshop. You can use radial gradients to create a kind of a “spotlight” and draw your viewers’ attention exactly where you want it to go. You can use it on all kinds of photos, no matter if your subject is a person or an object. It’s a subtle technique, yet it can make a big difference.
Rembrandt had a wonderful way of simulating light in his paintings. So much so, that there’s a whole photography lighting technique named after him. Not surprisingly, Rembrandt lighting. It’s characterised by a small triangle of light under the subject’s eye on the shadow side of the face. It’s typical of how Rembrandt painted his subjects.
This video from Jay P Morgan shows us how we can get a Rembrandt style lighting setup in a low key portrait. With the help of a couple of young ladies, a pomeranian and a chicken, we see how the shot is built up to provide a classic look with a modern twist.
5-in-1 reflector is a super-handy tool for both bounding and diffusing the light. Arron Nace from Phlearn shows you seven different setups you can create using a single light, with the addition of a reflector or even simple foamcore. Both the reflector and the foamcore are pretty cheap, yet they are versatile and can help you create a whole lot of lighting setups. Check out some of Arron’s suggestions for using them for portrait photography, both in the studio and outside in the sunlight.
We all make noob mistakes when we’re new to something. That’s why we make those mistakes, we’re noobs. While most of us try to avoid them now, who can honestly say they’ve never made hideous bevelled text in Photoshop? Or added a page curl to a document? Well, the same is true with video editing.
While learning editing, there’s a lot of things we try, because we think they look (or sound) cool. Then a few months later, we realise just how wrong we were. This video from Aputure talks about the 5 beginner editing mistakes that pretty much everybody makes at some point, and why you should avoid them.
There are several ways to change colors of objects in Photoshop, and plenty of different objects you may want to change: clothes, hair color, light color, furniture and so on. Nathaniel Dodson from Tutvid has created a fantastic video that shows you five techniques for changing the color of different objects. You can choose the one you like best or the one that suits the type of the object you’re changing.
In this video, Nathaniel changes the color of a dress, background light, and a car. He also matches the color of the object with a sample color, and also adds color to a white dress. He uses different techniques, and they’ll get you prepared for any color changing task that may be ahead of you.
I’m a big believer in post workflow efficiency. Whether working with stills or video, one can never seem to get their workflow fast enough. And these days, we all spend far more time at the computer than we’d like. I know I do. I spent countless hours in Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere and other applications getting things just right.
This video, from photographer Jake Hicks shows us 5 great tips to help speed up our own workflow in Photoshop. These are some of Photoshop’s lesser known tips and techniques, that can make a big difference to your workflow.
If you’re new to studio portraits, there’s just so much to learn about the light. Also, you have a choice between strobes/speedlights and continuous LED lights. If you can’t decide where to start, the latest video from Joe Edelman could be helpful and get you on the right track.
In this video, Joe breaks down the differences between these two types of lighting. You’ll learn their main uses, and also why it’s good to use one or the other in different situations.
To achieve massive and creamy bokeh, one of the first things we learn is to use a wide aperture. But there are several other ways that might just as effective. Do you know them all?
There are several ways to find models for your shoots. Nowadays, there are even Uber or Tinder-like apps that let you do it. However, these aren’t the only ways, and they probably don’t work for some photographers.
Mathieu Stern shares ten tips that will help you find an ideal model for your portrait shoot. It’s not just about finding a pretty girl or a handsome guy, but they need to be cool with your style and requirements, and you need to build trust. Mathieu shares tips on where to look, but also how to do it, how to present yourself and how to make the cooperation successful for both yourself and the model.
Do you have to get closer to your subject? Or should you get further away? If you go by Robert Capa’s famous quote, you already have the answer:
“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”
I do agree that getting closer often improves your street photos. If you don’t care about the scenery at all, it’s a pretty great rule of thumb. However, if you love a bit more context, then a bit more distance truly improves the shot.
Let me show you 3 great ways to find the right distance for your street photos.